The Color of Distance and Desire

October 6 – November 11
First Friday reception October 6, 7-9pm

The Color of Distance and Desire is a solo exhibition by Polish-American artist Monika Meler. It features prints on semi-transparent Japanese paper and large-scale paper-cuts that examine the fragility and impermanence of memory. Meler writes, “As an immigrant from Poland to the United States, I am interested in the process of retaining memory, how it changes over time, and how every time we remember something, it becomes less like the actual thing and more like the last memory we had of it. The images that I use in my work are references to the objects, structures, and events that have woven this immigrant/migrant journey that I have experienced. I print these images in many layers on top of one another. Images repeat, change direction, and dominance. All of these actions mimic the actions of memory. The abstract ‘ landscapes’ in my work represent spaces in my mind as much as they reference real spaces, places, and objects.”

Meler has a BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art. She is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Meler has completed residencies at A.I.R Studio Paducah, Kentucky, The Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, Emmanuel College in Boston, The Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Connecticut, The Frans Masereel Center in Belgium, The Cork Printmakers in Ireland, and The Women’s Studio Workshop in New York.


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